July 4, 1745

1745 July 4 (Thursday).  Molly and I rode to Boston.  Broke fast at Brother Alexanders.  Visited my Mother who is weak and sick.  Mr. Gay[1] of Hingham preach’d the Lecture on 1 Sam. Din’d at Mrs. Thomas Hubbards.  Mr. Niles,[2] Mr. Webb, Captain Dupre and others din’d also.  N.B. My Kinsman at Dr. Delhonds[3] but is not well contented there.  At Mrs. Thomas Stoddards and paid her about 12 pounds old Tenor.  Return’d to Cambridge at Eve.  N.B. Roxbury illuminated.  Colleges illumin’d.  Bonfire.  Bell ringing, Drum beating, etc. most of the Night.

[1]Rev. Ebenezer Gay.

[2]Rev. Samuel Niles (HC 1699), minister of the Second Church of Braintree, 1711-1762. SHG 4:485-491.

[3]Louis Delhonde, the Boston physician.